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    An_247184 posted:
    My 6 year old Asian son has darker skin patches wherever he has had scrapes on his face. The patches don't seem to go away and get worse in the summer when he gets tan--the patches get darker. What is this? His doctor says that hopefully the patches will blend in when he gets older. Does anyone else know about this?
     
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    Jeune1 responded:
    Sounds like hyperpigmentation. It happens when someone produces too much melanin in response to damage to the skin. (This happens to me.)

    Unlike scars, those spots will get darker when he gets sun but because they aren't scars and will eventually fade on their own if they are allowed to heal. You can help by making sure he always uses sunblock.

    The other thing to watch for is when he hits puberty. He will probably get those spots when he breaks out but picking/squeezing pimples will make this worse.


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